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Barry's Form Suffering?

Fabio Heskey Capello believes the Liverpool saga has caused a dip in Gareth Barry's form.

Speaking to the press after England's disasterous performance against the Czech Republic, the brainiac in charge said:

'At the moment the Liverpool situation means he is not at his best. That is my opinion.'

And it's an opinion he's fully entitled to. Just like my opinion is he's talking out his Italy.

Afterall, can anyone seriously listen to a man who brings back Emile Heskey, plays the serial underperformer Gerrard on th left of midfield, persists with Fatty Frank in the middle, continues to select Defoe, Woodgate, even Matthew 'I'm not injured today boss' Upson was in the squad.

Speaking on the official site, Martin O'Neill rubbished the claims.

He didn't really need to bother considering we've all seen Gareth's performances against FH and Man City. Maybe Capello would have a different opinion if Barry had scored against Man City. Then again this is the Capello who left Gabby and Ash out so maybe his perception of players is really that different.

Maybe he'd have a different opinion if he'd picked a decent England side for the Czech game, maybe then Barry wouldn't have looked so bad. It's not easy to shine when you are performing alongside amatuers against 11 professionals.

Anyway, O'Neill said:

'He's our player and he's played exceptionally well in the last couple of games for us.

'Personally speaking, that's the most important thing for Aston Villa and our supporters. We're delighted with his commitment and we would be delighted if he stayed.'

Exactly. Well done Capello, in 5 games you've managed to turn into every other England manager we've had. For 6 million I thought he'd be unique or at least last more than 5 games before picking the standard dross.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 22 2008

Time: 4:29PM

Your Comments

When Capello says "'At the moment the Liverpool situation means he is not at his best. That is my opinion." I think that he is referring to Gerrard and it has got mixed up in translation!!!
pongo wearing
How many work places (or dole offices in scouseland) had the same debate Thursday morning I wonder??
Stourbridge Villan
the trouble is we are so out of patience now with england. as soon as i saw ashley young was not in the squad i could just not believe it. absolute insanity. and i instantly lost all faith in mr capello. then he plays lampard - who clearly doesn't fit into the team. gerrard on the left - are you mad?!? oh and of course downing is far better than our ashley isn't he?!? heskey? christ! there was not even method in his madness. so so cheesed off with england its not true. villa would seriously destroy england. wigan could teach em a lesson.
ric112
Gotta agree with ric112 above, Ashley is probably the only English player at the moment that puts the fear of god up defences, pace, the ability to go either way, crossing etc etc. Zola only got 35 caps for Italy, guess this type of player does'nt fit into the coaching mentality over there!
Stourbridge Villan
Well everyone is entitled to their opinion! Only, I cant imagine anyone else shares it. Anyway, he probably meant the opposite, how can we take someone who didn't think Gerrard was playing on the left, who WAS clearly playing in the left!
villa_de
Total nonsense from Capello, No drop in form for Barry, certainly not when he's wearing the claret and blue. Anyway, from my humble viewpoint, Barry was no worse than any other England player out there, and better than most.
glensider
If Barry was so out of sorts, why (a) play him, or (b), why not haul him off? Capello made enough substitutions, but left Barry out there. Dont make sense to me.
glensider
I`m sick of hearing about gareth barry,Young scores a wonder goal against odense and all they talk about is barry coming on as a sub,Gabby scores a hat trick and what do they highlight on match of the day and on sky?A simple cross and pass from gareth barry and then make out he was the main man against city when he was infact way off the pace on sunday.Now all of a sudden he is singled out for playing his normal ordinary game for england. I hope he leaves he doesn`t want to be at villa and i am sick of hearing about him.
lerneravfc
I'm with you on this one Glensider, Capello was simply making excuses for his own failings against the Czechs. If Barry is as shows the same "poor" form against Stoke that he did against Man City I'll be a very happy man!
keithlees1978
I blame Steven Gerrard for all this, and until the transfer window is firmly shut I always will. I have never seen a drop in form by Barry while wearing the villa colours but even him must be sick and tired of all this am I moving or not business!
sportyvillain
If that was Capello's opinion on Barry's supposed dip in form, what about the rest of the team?
SuperTommyJohnson
I too have lost any faith I may have had in this guy. I prefered it when he couldn't speak our Language.
Adam Deuce
I thought we had finally got hold of a decent manager, shows what I know doesn't it!
steff_the_villan
Previous manager of the national side realised after many many matches that you can not play Gerrard and Lampard in the same side, Sven reaised too late, McClaren stumbled upon this fact by error due to an Injury to fat frankie. Mr Cappello is appointed and by all accounts is the saviour of English football, plays Lampard and Gerrard then says Barry is out of sorts. It may be just me but I believe when Barwick leaves at Christmas so should Crapello.
col8
You England fans are unbelievable.
Pking
The manager doesn't pick the team. The papers and the England Hierarchy do and that is why they were all so keen on GB leaving for scouseland because it is very unfashionable to have him playing for someone outside the top four. Capello is made to play fat frank etc and Beckham was over here for the Olympic changeover so demanded to play. Money talks especially to the FA and that is Beckhams middle name.
Villan444
Ah we allowed to change our minds? After the game against Stoke I agree with Capello! Barry's dumb pass gifted Stoke with the 2nd goal and ultimately led to us loosing 3 points? I think Barry is becoming a risk! Maybe we should drop the price to 1.8M judging by todays performance!
villa_de
It is hardly surprising that Barry has gone walkabout in his head. given all the hype this summer. Which is exactly what Benitez, and now Wenger wanted, plus another helping from Capello. Whether Benitez really did want to buy Barry at anything other than a knock down price is questionable. But, to disable the effective Villa machine he did not have to, just the offer to buy was enough. Now all Barry has to do is play so badly that we will want to give him away. The question is can we really play consistently well without him?
Obediah
 

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